Wednesday, 29 February 2012

200 Pounds Beauty - 미녀는 괴로워

I've watched this movie almost a year ago and I still remember it very clearly. 200 Pounds Beauty wasn't one of the movies I would watch over and over again but it's a beautiful story about beauty and the price you have to pay for it...


Kang Han-Na (Kim Ah-Jung) is not pretty nor does she have much self-confidence, nevertheless she's "the voice" of Ammy, a famous pop singer who is the absolute opposite of Han-Na. Besides the fact that she's working behind the scenes, she also has a crush on the music company's director Sang-Jun (Joo Jin Mo). After being humiliated in front of her secret love she runs of crying, overhearing that Sang-Jun defends her.
Han-Na decides to do a complete body-makeover and blackmails a plastic surgeon to help her do so. After a year of recovery, the new Han-Na, who now calls herself Jenny, returns to audition for the beackground voice of Ammy again. However the casting agents ask her to sign a contract herself and so Jenny starts a carrer on her own. As time passes by Ammy and Sang-Jun find out who Jenny really is but keep it a secret at first.
When it's revealed who she really is she decides together with Sang-Jun that she has to tell the public. During her concert she can't sing anymore and has a breakdown. Still, with the help of a video that shows her old obese self singing beautifully, she explains the whole situation to the crowd. In the end Jenny becomes a famous music artist, changes her name back to Han-Na and Sang-Jun realizes that he really likes Han-Na.

Main Characters:
Kang Han-Na 
Han-Na is an obese phone sex employee and the secret singer of Ammy, who's pretty but can't sing at all. When she decides to to a body-makeover, one of her regular callers - a plastic surgeon - is of great help as he finally agrees to do the makeover.
When she returns to the music company after a year of recovery as "Jenny", nobody recognizes her, not even her best friend. Although she only auditioned to be the secret voice of Ammy again, the agents ask her to sign a contract herself. As Sang-Jun and Jenny become closer because of work, it doesn't take Sang-Jun very long to find out Jenny's true identity. Jenny/Han-Na realizes now what she has done and decides to reveal everything to the public. At her concert Sang-Jun shows a video af Han-Na singing and she tells the whole story to the crowd, which is leading to a Happy End.

The music company director is a really gentle man, with who Han-Na is in love. When he meets Jenny he almost forgets about Han-Na because of Jenny's beauty and "naturalness" but as he comes closer with her he discovers her true identity. Finally found out, he helps her confessing everything to the public and realizes he has always liked Han-Na.

Personal Rating: 

This story about beauty, love, music and self-acceptance shows that you can become more self-confident with changing your body but that doesn't count if you can't accept who you are. Han-Na lied about her true identity and thereby denies herself. I don't see this as the purpose of gaining self-confidence. If you are self-confident you have to be true about everything of you. Even if you did some plastic surgery you have to admit that so that you can call yourself self-confident. You can't be ashamed of both, your former self and your new one... Anyways, Han-Na is able to tell the truth in the end and this is what real beauty and self-confidence is about (for me of course =P).

Have fun watching =)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Koizora - Sky of Love - 恋空

In comparison to Korean dramas this series don't have many episodes but although it seems that short, a lot of things happen in this Koizora. This drama made me cry - although this isn't achieved very easily!


The story revolves around Tahara Mika (Mizusawa Elena), an innocent high school girl and an outstanding and unconventional seeming guy named Sakurai Hiroki (Seto Koji). They attend the same high school but this is where the common ground ends. One day, Hiro kisses Mika out of the blue and wants her to be his girlfriend. Mika refuses and runs off. Hiro doesn't stop following her and after some days/weeks they start to date. One day Hiro talks Mika into sleeping with him and although Mika first hesitates, she gives in. As a result Mika becomes pregnant and the couple has to overcome the obstacle of Mika's parents' refusal of Hiro. Unfortunately she loses the baby due to sad circumstances. In addition to that Hiro breaks up with Mika without a warning or a real reason and hurts her deeply by kissing another girl. It takes some time until Mika finds out why the love of her life suddenly vanished but from that on they're inseperable again. Can a love that has been put under that much pressure last a lifetime...?

Main Characters:

Tahara Mika
Tahara Mika is an innocent high school girl whith many friends and no experience in love. When the unconventional looking Sakurai Hiro suddenly kisses her one day. It doesn't take long until Mika falls for the blond but really kind shool boy. When she gets pregnant she faces a serious life change. Then, as everything seems to become good, Mika loses the unborn child and Hiro breaks up with her with no particular reason. They become parted for quite a while but as she finds out the reason she wants to stay by his side until the very end.

Sakurai Hiro
Sakurai Hiro is not the type of guy parents-in-law would like you to bring home (in Japan). Bleached hair and getting their precious daughter pregnant is not the way to convince them of your deep love. Still, Hiro tries everything to make Mika happy. This is why it's even stranger that he suddenly breaks up with her and vanishes from her life. Fortunately he can't help it but be more than happy about the fact that Mika stays with him as she finally discovers his "hideout".

Personal Rating:

Okay, I know you're wondering why I told you that this drama made me cry (a lot, actually) but if I told you the reason, the story of the drama wouldn't affect you in the same way it affected me. =) So just watch it, it's really good and it's only 6 episodes! It's totally worth the time watching! Maybe you have to overcome the first episode (what is not uncommon with dramas - be it Korean or Japanese)  but most of you who start to watch will finish it in no time =)

Have fun watching =)